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Thespo, India's Youth Theatre Festival Showcases Emerging Talent

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Updated: 17 November 2016
Thespo, the theatre festival is back for its 18th edition. For the uninitiated, Thespo is aimed at recognizing, honing, and promoting young talent in the field of theatre.

Starting back in 1999 as a collaboration between TG (Theatre Group) and QTP (Q Theatre Productions), Thespo’s first edition was held at Sophia Bhabha Hall, Mumbai. Thespo has grown from a one-act play competition held in the month of December every year to a full-length theatre festival all year-round. Workshops, interaction with artists, and monthly theatre at Prithvi called Thespo@Prithvi are a few of the events that fill the calendar.

Thespo this year travels around the country to cities like Manipur, Guwahati, and Jaipur – first-time additions to the list – plus Pune, Nagpur, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Baroda. To involve youngsters, orientations take place across different venues in these cities, including colleges, which are teeming with young talent.

Factory Theatre | © kaykaybarrie/Flickr
Factory Theatre | © kaykaybarrie/Flickr

Thespo 18 started its journey on the 18th of this month, with an orientation meet in Prithvi. With an entire team organizing the festival and the ones participating also under 25, Thespo intends to galvanize the youth into creating a theatre movement. The finale of the festival will be held in December at Prithvi, with the staging of the selected plays along with award and cash prizes in various categories.

One can get regular updates here, get involved here, and read the bimonthly e-zine, Thespo Ink.